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How To Manage Department of Veterans Affairs Disabled Veterans Benefits

VA Benefits & Health Care Utilization
Updated 10/31/17

Appeals

You have the right to appeal any benefits decision made by the Veterans Benefits

Administration (VBA). The VA appeals process is set in law and is different

from other judicial appeals processes. Find out how to file an appeal.


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Caregivers play an important role in the health and well-being of Veterans. The Caregiver

Support Program offers training, educational resources, and multiple tools to help you succeed. 

Please contact our Caregiver Support Line for advice on being a caregiver. 

Marine Veteran Files Lawsuit Against VA, Roe

Robert D. Rose Jr., 52, said this week that he and many other veterans who suffered

degenerative injuries while in the service have been denied access to opioid pain

medications and access to quality health care. Rose seeks personal damages of

$100 million “for pain, suffering and extreme torment” since Nov. 1, 2016, “after being forced

on pain medication taper on Oct. 15, 2016, as part of VA policies supported by (Roe).”

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Congress working to improve health care for veterans with less-than-honorable discharges

Just days after the horrific killings at a Sutherland Springs church, Congress quietly began

taking steps to assure that more former troops get mental health treatment as they

transition into civilian life, even if they get a less-than-honorable discharge.

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Long-Term Outcomes of Military Service: The Health and Well-Being of Aging Veterans

Using data compiled from longitudinal studies of World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War

veterans, contributors to this groundbreaking book examine the effects of military service across

the lifespan.  The US spends over 100 billion dollars annually on healthcare for more than 30 million

active military and veterans. The prevalence of negative trauma and post-traumatic stress

disorder (PTSD) among military veterans is well-known.  But other more subtle effects of

military service—particularly on health and well-being in later life—are less well-understood, among researchers as well as medical and mental health professionals who care for veterans.

Vet set himself on fire after long VA waits, appointment cancellation, investigation finds

A veteran committed suicide by setting himself on fire in front of a New Jersey VA clinic after staff at the clinic repeatedly failed to ensure he received adequate mental health care, an investigation of the death found. Department of Veterans Affairs staff canceled an appointment Charles Ingram had in fall 2015 because a provider was unavailable, didn’t follow up to reschedule, and when he walked into the clinic to ask for an appointment, they didn’t schedule it until three months later,

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U.S. military readies major overhaul of retirement system

About 1.7 million people serving in the U.S. armed forces have a big decision to make in the coming months, as the military undertakes a major overhaul of its retirement system. Beginning in January, the military is switching from a traditional pension system, in which retirees receive a monthly check for life based on their pay and years of service, to one that also includes investment accounts, like those commonly available to civilian workers. The new “blended” system is based, in part, on recommendations by the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission.


​Army pushes back on reports of mental health waivers

​The U.S. Army quietly made it easier this summer for individuals with some history

of mental health problems to enlist in the service, but a top general pushed back

Tuesday on a report the Army had relaxed standards to meet increased recruiting goals.


​VA Choice contract company overbilled for millions of dollars

​A company blamed for some of the delays veterans face in getting appointments with

specialists collected nearly $39 million in overpayments. TriWest Healthcare Alliance is one of two companies with contracts to handle private doctor appointments and billing for the Veterans

Choice program. Now the VA Office of the Inspector General says TriWest has received those overpayments after billing the government at improper rates or collecting twice for the same treatment.

Editorial: Vets should not have to wait years for benefits

American military members hurt in service to their country should not have to wait a lifetime for the benefits they deserve. But that's a reality of the disability process at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which hasn't made paying benefits a priority and needs a hard kick from Congress to clean up its act.

When Unpaid Student Loan Bills Mean You Can No Longer Work

Fall behind on your student loan payments, lose your job.
Few people realize that the loans they take out to pay for their education could eventually

derail their careers. But in 19 states, government agencies can seize state-issued professional

licenses from residents who default on their educational debts. Another state, South Dakota,

suspends driver’s licenses, making it nearly impossible for people to get to work.​​

VA study shows parasite from Vietnam may be killing vets

The number of claims submitted reached 60 in 2017, up from 41 last year. Nearly three out of

four of those cases were also denied, even though the government posted a warning on its

website this year saying veterans who ate raw or undercooked freshwater fish while in Vietnam

might be at risk. It stopped short of urging them to get ultrasounds or other tests, saying there

was currently no evidence the vets had higher infection rates than the general population.


​​Local Vietnam veteran fighting for expanded Agent Orange disability claims

2 Companies Managing VA’s Private Care For Vets Are Suspected Of Skimming Millions

The inspector general recently reported to Congress that the two companies have collected

at least $89 million more than what they were supposed to. At least must be emphasized,

as the audit is still ongoing (the inspector general’s office says it should be completed

by the end of the year). TriWest is also being investigated by a federal grand jury for

possible wire fraud and misuse of government funds. “This was a senseless waste of

resources that could have been better spent on veterans’ health care”

From: Inspector General To: Secretary of Veterans Affairs 

Subj: Accuracy and Timeliness of Payments Made Under the Choice Program

Authorized by the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act 


​Now’s The Time For Dialogue With North Korea, Not Military Intervention

That the Kim Jong-un regime is oppressive is not up for debate, but the wisdom of

pledging the United States to preventive military intervention in North Korea most certainly is.

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Cutting GI education bill will impact thousands of veterans

Members of Congress like to use the term “heroes” on a routine basis when describing veterans.  So it is shocking to discover that behind the scenes some members of the House Veterans Committee are seeking to significantly cut assistance for veterans pursuing valuable careers in commercial aviation.


​From Soldier To Citizen: A ‘Pathway’ To Financial Wellness For Veterans

​Over the last few decades, while the rigors and requirements of military life have changed, the government has continued to provide a fairly encompassing set of benefits such as health insurance, housing, and other allowances to service members and their families. Unfortunately, today’s veterans find that few civilian employers will take care of them in the same paternal fashion as Uncle Sam.

​They served their country, but now

a VA service they rely on will end

​When asked why the program was cut, spokesperson David Omura said:

"There could be grant funding allocated through the state and there was initial funding to help support

this program; however, we realize that all organizations are making budget decisions that need to be balanced thoughtfully. If support could be obtained through this avenue, I am confident that it would have been obtained already through our colleagues at the Lieutenant Governor's Office."






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Sex: Odds Are It Won't Kill You
But when it is fatal, the victim is likely to be male.

The question from patients is always: “Am I at risk?”


Timeline of the Uphill Battle to Reform Manchester’s VA Clinic

This list highlights the federal response to a controversy which has courted public outrage and generated controversy regarding the quality of health care provided at the Manchester VA Medical Center.


Veterans Affairs exploring idea of merging health system with Pentagon

As part of its effort to expand private health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs is

exploring the possibility of merging its health system with the Pentagon’s, a cost-saving measure

that veterans groups say could threaten the viability of VA hospitals and clinics.

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Veterans Administration Voluntary Service

Do you really want  to help other veterans and their dependents? Do you want to help us fix the broken VA? Then get inside the belly of the beast as a volunteer.

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The VA Benefit Eligibility Matrix

There are additional benefits that you may be

eligible for that are based on a favorable decision for

a VA benefit and/or based on special circumstances.

These are known as derivatives.